So, you’ve gone ahead and set big ambitious goals for yourself. Perhaps in your business, your health and fitness, your family, or community. Congratulations! Setting goals and starting a plan of action are critical. However, I’m going to talk about what I call “staying in the moment”. This means not over focusing on the end result during your day to day activities. This will only causes stress and anxiety. The goal may appear too far out. You may get fatigued, stressed and discourage if you concentrate on how far you have to go too often. Rather the trick is to have confidence in your plan and then focus on the simple, achievable every day activities.
What do I mean by this? For example on your business– perhaps you’ve got a goal to double your income this year. You’ve set about a proven plan that you believe can accomplish this goal and you’ve broke it down into smaller tasks. Key in on what you need to do today to move down the right path. Maybe that means making three sales calls today? Focus on just that activity. Do it and log it. Develop “daily habits” of the activity. Do not focus everyday on doubling your income, that can cause you to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Have faith that executing the small details will result in the successful completion of your goal. You almost have to block out the bigger goal as you go down the path. Develop a dual mind set- intensive focus on the task at hand or daily work, while reserving focus on the bigger picture for later.
As another example, perhaps your goal for health and fitness is to lose 30 pounds or more this year. What is your plan to get there? What can you do in small increments to ensure success of the plan. Focus on eating a healthy breakfast. Eating a low calorie light lunch. Counting your calories and going for a walk. Then log this every day. Do not focus on how far you have to go or how slowly it seems to be progressing. Have faith that your small daily habits repeated day in and day out will dictate your success. Of course there will be a time to evaluate your progress and adjust the plan if needed. “Staying in the moment” will energize you day in and day out, and you will develop the daily habits that cause your successful accomplishment of your goals.
Mike Stone 9/28/2015
Have you ever made plans and goals and set about to reach them, only to eventually give up? Have you tried to lose weight, or quit smoking, or other habits? How about business goals and plans– how’s that going? When we leave our goals to our will power, we are pushing a big boulder up a hill. There are two key areas you may want to think about. The first is why you might quit on a goal… what drives you… what are you thinking. Consider your “state of mind” as you set about goals. Consider if it would be helpful to manage your mind. Consider the advantage this would bring. The next reason is do you know what to do? Do have a plan that is proven to work?
When you align these two areas you are unstoppable. When they do not align, you are going to have trouble. Examine your results. If they’re not what you want I urge you to coach yourself through this.
The IMHP Self Coaching System
Life Events/Circumstances==>create==>Thoughts/Beliefs==>drive==>Feelings/Emotions ==>influence==> Actions/Plans/Habits==>create==>Results
What we think affects how we feel. How we feel affects how we act. How we act creates our results. If you don’t have what you want, it is because of one of these two reasons or work zones:
Work Zone I – Thoughts & Feelings:
You know what to do, but you’re not doing it. Change your thoughts and self coach yourself with this system. Your thoughts create your emotions. When your beliefs and emotions align with your goal, you’ll find yourself automatically “doing it”. Are your thoughts serving you? Do you feel it?
Work Zone II – Actions:
You don’t know what to do. Learn what to do and get a good plan. Study, ask, get a mentor, seek out those who are doing it and do the same. Take MASSIVE Action. Implement a plan using S.M.A.R.T. goals. Defined as specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time bound.